- A YouTube star has revealed that she "rehomed" her adopted son with autism.
- Myka Stauffer posted the update in a new video on YouTube alongside her husband James.
- They adopted their son Huxley two years ago from China.
YouTube star Myka Stauffer shared some gut-wrenching news with fans this week: She and her husband have “rehomed” her adopted son. Stauffer opened up about the experience in a new video, titled, “an update on our family.” In it, Stauffer and her husband James said they chose to “rehome” their son Huxley, who they adopted two years ago from China. The video has prompted backlash online, since the Stauffers' adoption journey and ensuing challenges with Huxley had been a huge part of Myka's channel and her monetized social posts about parenting.
Huxley has autism, and Myka says that she and James didn’t know what it would really be like to take care of him. "Once Huxley came home, there was a lot more special needs that we weren't aware of, and that we were not told," James said in the video.
"For us, it's been really hard hearing from the medical professionals, a lot of their feedback, and things that have been upsetting. We've never wanted to be in this position. And we've been trying to get his needs met and help him out as much as possible... We truly love him."
Myka doubled down on James’ comments. “There's not an ounce of our body that doesn't love Huxley with all of our being," she said, tearing up. "There wasn't a minute that I didn't try our hardest and I think what Jim is trying to say is that after multiple assessments, after multiple evaluations, numerous medical professionals have felt that he needed a different fit and that his medical needs, he needed more."
Myka made it clear that this has not been easy on her family. "Do I feel like a failure as a mom? Like, 500 percent," she said. But Myka added that Huxley is now living with a new family in a “forever home.”
"The last couple months have been like the hardest thing I could have ever imagined to going to choosing to do because ultimately, after pouring our guts and our heart into this little boy," she said. "He is thriving, he is happy, he is doing really well, and his new mommy has medical professional training, and it is a very good fit." Myka and James have four other children and, on Wednesday, Myka updated her Twitter bio to say that she only has four children.
The backlash has been swift.
Myka hasn’t addressed the criticism yet, but she and James said in their video that they wouldn’t talk publicly about the situation any more.